New Mexico is a place to play sports in an awesome setting and climate year round. You will find a wealth of cultural events and facilities as well as nature-based activities to help you and your team stay in shape.
Santa Fe has many Outdoor Attractions and Facilities
Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, has a variety of activities for your team. Whitewater rafting on the Rio Grande is an exhilarating experience to share. Calmer waters are also in the vicinity. Enjoy myriad biking trails through forests, rugged terrain, dirt paths and even mountainous trails. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is a learning museum where visitors can learn to make their own art. During World War II half of the New Mexico National Guard troops were lost after the Bataan Death March in the Philippines. Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library has exhibits with newspaper clippings, testimonials and more about the war and its effect on New Mexico. The Palace of Governors, one of the oldest buildings in America, was built in 1610, and American Indian wares are for sale on its porch.
Santa Fe’s Municipal Recreation Complex (MRC) has five soccer fields, three sand volleyball courts, two rugby fields, a BMX track, six softball fields with four lighted and two flag-football fields. At the University of Santa Fe, the Rosemarie Shellaberger Tennis Center has a full complex of courts. The center includes six hi-tech indoor courts, seven outdoor courts with lighting, and a premium stadium court. Ashbaugh Park is mostly for soccer with eight fields and one softball field. Sante Fe Downs is another soccer park with 17 soccer fields.
A Variety of Outdoor Complexes
Native American culture inspires Albuquerque and is visible throughout the city. There are places to buy Native American jewelry, view traditional and contemporary art, and enjoy music and performance art. Find out about New Mexico’s 19 American Indian pueblos/communities at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Albuquerque Biological Park comprises the Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque Aquarium and Tingley Beach. The garden has a variety of native plants of New Mexico. The aquarium has sharks, jellyfish, stingrays and numerous other aquatic life. More than 250 animals are on display at the zoo, with origins both exotic and native. Tingley Beach has ponds for fishing and model boats. Learn about the art, history, science, sport and culture of lighter-than-air flight at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Go to Cliff’s Amusement Park for 19 rides including a loopy rollercoaster and other fun attractions.
Lovelace New Mexico Soccer Tournament Complex is a large facility with two lit championship fields with 2,000 seats each along with 22 other fields. Jerry Cline Tennis Complex is a venue for big events with 18 tennis courts. Los Altos Park has six tennis courts, four softball fields with lighting and an indoor pool. The 44-acre USS Bullhead Memorial Park has seven soccer fields and four lit softball fields. Balloon Fiesta Park has 24 fields for lacrosse, football, soccer and rugby.
White Sands and Large Venues
While in Las Cruces stop by Apodaca Park and watch the independent league Vaqueros baseball team if they’re playing in town. Caballo Lake State Park is a place for boating, fishing and taking in the sights. Bring your camera for the inspiring landscape. Fifty miles from Las Cruces, White Sands National Monument is a 275-square-mile area with glistening sand where you can sand surf, have a picnic or tour. At New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum learn the history of farming in this state, see livestock and watch craftsmen.
Apodaca Park is available for rent, has 2,000 seats and also offers one lit softball field with bleachers. High Noon Soccer Complex has an Olympic-size field with 1,500 grandstand seats, four of the other 12 other fields have bleachers available. Maag Park Complex is a smaller facility with four lit baseball fields with bleachers. Skateboarders and in-line skaters go to Las Cruces Skate Park, which has lighting and portable bleachers.
New Mexico has complexes and parks for all your team’s needs. The state’s large wilderness areas and welcoming cities make it a special location to bring your group to play.